Years Represented: 1st Year Undergrad, 2nd Year Undergrad, 3rd Year Undergrad
Estimated Project Cost: 500
Funding Source: Stanford University
Collaborators: Community partnership
Community Partners: Zorzal Cacao
Project Description & Impact:
Due to lack of transparency in the supply chain for cacao production, it is a challenge for cacao production facilities such as Zorzal to track exactly where their cocoa supply originates. This is an issue for sustainable cacao production, as farmers are more successful when they know what producers are looking for in their cacao beans. For the cacao farms in the Dominican Republic, crop sales are the primary source of income. This project partners with Zorzal Cacao to develop a web based application to track and process cacao shipments. By improving sales and tracing the crops back to farms, farmers will be able to augment their production quality and benefit monetarily. Additionally, Zorzal Cacao is located on the Reserva Privada Zorzal where they work closely with chocolate companies to preserve and maintain diversity on the reserve. This project hopes to improve the science of cacao and protect natural lands and biodiversity through app based monitoring and tracking of production processes.